‘Quit killing us because you’re sick’: Spokane NAACP reacts to George Floyd’s death

SPOKANE, Wash.– The Spokane NAACP Chapter is calling on people to take a firm stance against “continuing atrocities.” That message comes in the days after George Floyd died while in the custody of the Minneapolis Police Department.

Video quickly spread across social media this week that showed a white police officer, later identified as Derek Chauvin, pinning down Floyd, who later died. What started out as mostly peaceful protests earlier this week have since escalated in Minneapolis.

“The fact that there is anybody in a position of service with the authority and the ability that someone like that has, and people like him have, to handle any human being in that manner, says not only how deep and entrenched this issue is within this country, but how far we have to go,” said Spokane NAACP Chapter President Kurtis Robinson.

The Spokane NAACP Chapter also addressed the situation in a statement on Thursday. It said, in part:

“We are tired of having your knees on our necks, we’re sick of having your boot shoved down our throats! We are getting bullets in our backs, and our children are locked up for life…we are essentially being killed, almost at will, while the whole time you act as if you’ve got some ordained right to do so. In other words, quit killing us because you’re sick.”

You can read the rest of the statement here.

Chauvin, one of the four former officers fired for their involvement in Floyd’s death, has been taken into custody by the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension, according to Department of Public Safety Commissioner John Harrington.

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